COURTESY OF JAMILA JOHNSON
OAK PARK, IL – Richard Boykin, candidate for Cook County Commissioner of the First District, officially kicked-off his campaign with support from Congressman Danny Davis, Westchester Mayor Sam Pulia, local faith leaders, elected officials and a host of community members at the campaign's new Oak Park headquarters on Sunday, January 12.
Boykin, a partner with Barnes and Thornburg, LLP, previously served as chief of staff to Congressman Davis for nine years after being his legislative director. During that time, Boykin played an instrumental role in several of the Congressman's initiatives including welfare-to-work, health care, energy and utility, and appropriations accomplishments.
"I'm extremely humbled by all those who have supported me through the launch of my campaign, and look forward to growing our partnership over the coming months with a key focus on improving and expanding services and resources for Cook County residents," said Boykin.
On the heels of Boykin's official campaign launch, the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) offered its support by endorsing his run for the First District Cook County Commissioner seat. CFL, founded in 1896, focuses its efforts on strengthening individual local unions by creating a unified voice for the labor movement in the Chicago area.
"Based on the interview process exercised by the CFL's Committee on Political Education, our affiliates have moved to support Richard Boykin in his run for Cook County Commissioner," said CFL President Jorge Ramirez.
In addition to being endorsed by the CFL, several elected officials from Cook County's First District have also backed Boykin in his run for office. Elected officials supporting Boykin include:
- Village President Anan Abu-Taleb, Oak Park
- Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Maywood
- Mayor Sherman Jones, Broadview
- Mayor Sam Pulia, Westchester
- Mayor Frank Pasquale, Bellwood
- Mayor Joseph Tamburino, Hillside